August 4, 2016: The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human. Here is the link to the news article.
Here is a link to an article in First Things Magazine about the controversial subject.
The NIH is asking for public comments on the issue. I encourage everyone so inclined to post a comment, pro or con, The link is near the bottom of the article.
Here is what I submitted – I’m sure others can do a better job:
“I am not a scientist and cannot write a convincing essay explaining why these changes are abhorrent. However I suggest that the researchers first read “The Abolition of Man” by C.S.Lewis, world-renowned British theologian.
His essay concisely explicates the problems with tinkering with human beings as if they are essentially biologically manipulable objects. This is an affront to human dignity, even if these creations are destroyed before they reach the stage of birth. And it will not always stop there, clearly.
As a member of the public and a registered nurse who holds the dignity of the human person inviolable, I urge you to forbid the creation of human-animal chimeras, and not to change the Guidelines forbidding the introduction of human cells into animals and vice versa.”